Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum

70cl / 40%
Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum
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An awesome rum – winner of a Platinum medal and ranked in First Place by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, with a whopping 97 points. Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim – the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera.

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Judges' Comments from The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007

    Nose full or apricots, citrus fruits, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon; rich and full-bodied with spicy chocolate flavors and a pleasing tannic bite; very long finish, clean and rich with a lovely liqueur-like density.

    Award: Gold Medal, Best In Category (Aged Rums 15+ Years Old)

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour:  Dark Mahogany.

    Body:  Dense, with marvellous complexities of aroma and flavour; thick legs that fall slowly.

    Nose:  Great intensity, sweet with notes of wood.  Sweet fruitiness, vanilla, almond, chocolate, toasted wood and delicate hints of spice.

    Taste:  Dense and exceptionally balanced, very long aftertaste.

    Finish: Attractive and evocative.  Elegant and noble.

80 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    1 February

    I am not a rum expert and around Christmas I was lucky to get myself a bottle of the zacapa xo which has blown my mind and all my liquor standards. Now wanted to see if the 23yo is at least as half as good since the price is twice as good compared to the xo. I can say it’s a brilliant rum, I believe it will become one of my standard drinks. The xo is even smother, with a richer taste and longer aftertaste, but this is good enough for most days and nights...

  • 5
    26 January

    This rum is one of my favorite rums. It is smooth, full flavored and worthy of a snifter. It runs in the same lqague with Phillipines' Gold Tosca.

  • 4
    11 January

    Harsher than I remember to be honest, bit still one of the best.

  • 5
    4 January

    Excellent rum, first time using this service no complaints at all

  • 4
    23 December 2017

    Very smooth and very nice strong very nicearoma and very smooth. I was amazed its made from sugar cane.

  • 5
    21 December 2017

    Complex and rich taste. One of the best rums!

  • 5
    8 December 2017

    Incredibly smooth. A sweet taste void of any harshness, warms the throat and goes down smooth. Should be served in a cognac glass to enjoy the aromas. Compare it to Barbancourt 5 star presidential from Haiti, different but right at the top with the best.

  • 5
    13 November 2017

    Great. Smooth and most enjoyable. Best sipping rum ever.

  • 5
    10 November 2017

    Absolutely superb rum! Perhaps best ever, served to complement a key lime dessert. Delightful!

  • 4
    24 August 2017

    At this price point, I found this to be a richly layered spirit reminiscent of bourbon due to the casks & blending used to create it. As far as sipping it 'neat', I recommend 4-5 drops of water be added to a scotch glass as would be appropriate for a good single malt.

  • 5
    27 July 2017


  • 5
    24 May 2017

    I am a british matelot nurtured on rum as a daily ration from our then colonies and of course south Africa. I have attended get together's from the renowned rum expert Brian Van Flandern but I have to say in all my experience of rum around the world and believe me I have done the round the world trip 8 times (and been paid for it) and drank most top quality rums including Chuck's premier "pussers" of Tortola and can say that zacapa is the finest smoothest rum either drank over a rock or sipped swirled from the edge of the glass. Nothing finer - believe me

  • 3
    23 May 2017

    Was disappointed with this, dont feel it had the same flavour punch as the El Dorado 12yo and other, cheaper rums, probably not worth the price tag

  • 5
    15 April 2017

    Nothing compares to Zacapa. I enjoy sipping my Zacapa made into an Old Fashion.

  • 2
    14 April 2017

    After reading all the glowing reviews, I bought a bottle of this rum, and I am very disappointed. I have been a fan of Plantation 20th Anniversary for a long time, and think it is a tremendous, well balanced, rum. In the USA, I buy it for $35. The Solera costs $53. I have heard that the current owner of this rum producer has been tampering with the formula, so this may have been a great rum years ago, but no more.

  • 5
    25 March 2017

    Simply marvellous.

  • 5
    5 February 2017

    Bloody Brilliant all you Rum drinkers out there you will never go to a High Street Rum again.

  • 5
    6 January 2017

    In my view Zacapa have made the best mature Rum I have ever had the good fortune to drink (sipping) with two ice rocks and a twist of orang peel,( heaven ) I have been sampeling this spirit since I was a child of Ten growing up in Licenced premises. I was never good with the Malts.

  • 5
    28 December 2016

    Very tasteful, better than Havana or Dictator

  • 5
    24 December 2016

    I hail from a rum producing nation but have to say hands down this rum is simply the smoothest sipping rum. I agree with my many serious rum drinkers below, no ice or chaser required. I also agree truth in the aging information. Even without the truth the taste tells the story. Cheers, Salut, Prosit

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